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Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII): One Day's Food Intake Data for Men 19-50 Years of Age, 1985 [United States] (ICPSR 21960)

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This data collection is part of the 1985 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII) and provides information on 1-day dietary intakes of men 19 to 50 years of age living in the United States in 1985. Two separate population groups of men were surveyed: (1) a sample of men of all incomes drawn from all private households, and (2) a smaller sample of men drawn from households with reported incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty guidelines. Part 1, Respondent Demographics and Nutrient Intake File, contains demographic information on each respondent in the household selected to be interviewed, as well as the respondent's use of special diets, vitamin and mineral supplements, and a summary of the nutrient content of the foods eaten by that individual. Part 2, Household File, contains information on basic characteristics of the respondent's household, including participation in food welfare programs. Part 3, Detailed Food Intake File, includes information on the type and amount of each food item eaten at home or away, the time of day the food was eaten, and the use of salt and fat in the food preparation. A Food Instruction Booklet, included with the data collection instrument, was used to help respondents describe foods and amounts eaten. Demographic information on respondents include age, race, education level, employment status, occupation, height, weight, and health status. Household characteristics include the age, education level, occupation, and employment status of the male head of the household, the sex and age of household members, household income, tenancy status of the residence, and type of residential area (e.g., urban or rural).

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
DS1:  Respondent Demographics and Nutrient Intake File - Download All Files (24 MB)
DS2:  Household File - Download All Files (22.6 MB)
DS3:  Detailed Food Intake File - Download All Files (42.8 MB)

Study Description


United States Department of Agriculture. Nutrition Monitoring Division. Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII): One Day's Food Intake Data for Men 19-50 Years of Age, 1985 [United States] . ICPSR21960-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-01-27. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR21960.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   diet, eating habits, food, food preferences, health, health behavior, males, nutrition, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985-07--1986-02

Unit of Observation:   individual, household

Universe:   Men aged 19-50 years living in private households in the contiguous 48 United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

The data file in Part 1 contains the merged Respondent Demographics and Nutrient Intake files, which were originally coded as record types 20 and 40, respectively.

The data available reflect the foods and their nutrient values that were available at the time of the survey, which was designed to assess the dietary status of the United States population at that particular time. Please refer to the User Guide for more detailed information on the 1980 recommended daily allowances.

The formats of the nutrient variables in Part 3 were adjusted to fit the width of the values present in these variables.

To protect respondent confidentiality, values in the variable DOB_DATE were replaced with blank codes.

In Part 1, ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named CASEID for use with online analysis.

Value labels for occupation codes were added in variables MJOBTYP1 and JOBTYP based on the 1980 Census of the Population: Alphabetical Index of Industries and Occupations (PHC80-R3), final edition.

This data collection was conducted by National Analysts, Philadelphia, PA.


Sample:   The data include two separate samples of men: (1) a sample of 555 men of all incomes drawn from all private households in the United States, and (2) a sample of 103 men drawn from households with reported incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty guidelines. This study used a multistage stratified area probability sample representative of the 48 contiguous states. The stratification plan was organized using estimates of the United States population in 1985, and took into account geographic location, degree of urbanization, and socioeconomic considerations. More detailed information about sample design can be found in the User Guide.

Weight:   The data contain weight variables that should be used for analysis. Initially each sample was weighted independently because of differing sample selection procedures. Subsequently, the data from both samples were merged and the weights adjusted to produce a single dataset. The weight variable INDWT (Individual sample weight) should be used for analyzing data at the individual level, while HHWGT1 (Household sample weight) should be used when aggregating data at the household level. The weight variable CINDWT should be used when combining the all-income and low-income samples. Users are strongly encouraged to refer to the User Guide for detailed information on how to use the weights, as well as how they were derived.

Mode of Data Collection:   face-to-face interview, telephone interview

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


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